Kohayagawa-ke no aki (The End of Summer) (Early Autumn)
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Kohayagawa-ke no aki (The End of Summer) (Early Autumn)
The highly accomplished Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu demonstrates his stylistic touch for deceptive simplicity, rapier wit, and nuances of melancholy in this well-wrought drama about a man in the declining years of his life. Manbei Kohayagawa (Ganjiro Nakamura) has a rich life on three different fronts. He is the head of a brewery that is having problems at the moment, the head of a family in which one widowed daughter needs his help in finding a new mate and the other needs him to help her make the right choice in a future spouse. Manbei has a strong devil-may-care streak and his solution… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a lovingly bittersweet tale with bursts of great joy mixed with sadness."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The arc of the film follows the arc of Ozu's career, or really the arc of life itself."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The deft blending of comedy and tragedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews